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Tuesday Overnights: Game 1 of ‘The World Series’ Down but Still Dominant

Business as Usual in the Tuesday Overnights Elsewhere

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Household Rating/Share
Fox: 9.9/16, CBS: 7.3/12, NBC: 5.5/ 9, ABC: 2.6/ 4, CW: 1.5/ 2

Percent Change from Opening Thursday in 2016 – 9/21/16:
CW: +15, ABC: no change, NBC: – 2, CBS: – 3 Fox: -23
-Ratings Breakdown:
The 3 to 1 victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Houston Astros in game one of the “World Series” led Fox to Tuesday overnight victory, as expected. The game averaged an estimated 9.9 rating/16 share (telecast from 7:39-10:40 p.m. ET but rating from 8-10 p.m. ET). Comparably, however, this was a steep 23 percent below the game one match-up between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians (12.8/20 on 10/25/16). Regardless, Fox is still, of course, hoping for a seven game series.

Despite facing “The World Series,” it was overnight business as usual elsewhere. CBS’ combination of “NCIS” (#1 entertainment telecast of the evening: 8.7/14), sophomore “Bull” (#3: 6.9/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#2: 6.2/10) remained rock solid, as did NBC’s pairing of “The Voice” (#3: 6.2/10) and “This Is Us” (#2: 7.2/11) in the Tuesday 8-10 p.m. block. But “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers” dropped the ball at 10 p.m., with a modest 3.1/ 6 (#3). Comparably, this was 31 percent below the 4.5/ 8 for former time period occupant “Chicago Fire” on the year-ago evening.

Elsewhere, freshman drama “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” on ABC at 10 p.m. remained an improvement over year-ago time period occupant “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” But a 2.1/ 4 in the household overnights keeps it in the distant last place position. Newbie sitcom lead-in “The Mayor” is also a disappointment, with a 2.1/ 3 at 9:30 p.m. only equal to year-ago time period occupant “The Real O’Neals.”

Earlier in the evening on ABC were sitcoms “The Middle” (#3: 3.8/ 6 at 8 p.m.), “Fresh Off the Boat” (#4: 2.6/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.) and relocated ‘black-ish” (#4: 2.9/ 5 at 9 p.m.) all at typical overnight levels. Naturally, ABC would probably want to keep “The Middle” going beyond this final ninth season.

The CW capped off the evening with its highest rated series, “The Flash” (#5: 1.9/ 3) and relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which was a vast improvement over former failed time period occupant “No Tomorrow” one year earlier (0.5/ 1 on 10/25/16).

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, October 24 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.8/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.0/10 (#3)
Fox – “World Series” – Game 1: 8.1/14 (#2)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh off the Boat”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.8/14 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.5/10 (#3)
Fox – “World Series” – Game 1: 9.6/16 (#1)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.0/11 (#3)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.3/11 (#2)
Fox – “World Series” – Game 1: 9.6/16 (#1)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (season premiere): 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Mayor”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.8/11 (#3)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.1/11 (#2)
Fox – “World Series” – Game 1: 11.2/18 (#1)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.2/10 (#2)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.1/11 (#2)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers”: 3.1/ 6 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. @Marc – the numbers in the breakdown don’t match your synopsis. Flash and LoT didn’t have season premiere’s last night…. Same with the shows on Fox didn’t air because of the WS airing last night.

  2. With ABC’s lackluster comedy ratings, I wonder if they are kicking themselves yet for firing Tim Allen and jettisoning “Last Man Standing.” And while I’ve always enjoyed the underrated “The Middle,” but it is really starting to show its age.

    • I know that Tim Allen is spinning a different story, but multiple sources have claimed that he was demanding so very much money to continue the show that it was just not feasible. I wonder which is true…probably something in the middle.

      • According to ABC, the show was several seasons old and not from ABC’s production company. They said that as an older show, it was too expensive for them to continue with as it was not “their owned” show. Not that Tim Allen was demanding more money. Tim Allen’s conservative leanings did not help his case though, but that aside, ABC is in a world of hurt right now without the consistently decent ratings of “Last Man Standing” and this season’s poor ratings across their schedule.

        • I see what you are saying but when you say, “it was too expensive for them to continue”…wouldn’t the bulk of that expense be actors’ salaries?

          • ABC doesn’t have hits. Its renewal decisions are 100% based on network politics. Then they find an “explanation” of why they made the decision and make it public…

            Tim Allen saying the unblemished truth about the atmosphere in Hollywood’s offices and sets today had to have been part of that decision. There may or may not have been more involved.

    • The Middle is ending this season either way, so ABC is screwed on that front, with Tuesdays starting to regress, it’ll get even worse when Middle ends.

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